Lisa Peters – A parent chimes in on the Southwestern Internship

Lisa Peters – Son Kyle has sold for 5 summers as of 2012

The Peters Family - Southwestern Internship Experience

When our son told us he was considering the Southwestern Advantage summer internship after his freshman year at college, my husband and I had many questions. He would be living in another state, running his own business, at 19 years old? Everything changed once we understood what was involved.

Southwestern was looking for self motivated, positive, hard working, coachable young people to train in every aspect of business. His sales training was top notch in Nashville with 3,000 other college aged young people from around the country. He would not be going in blind.

What I really appreciated was the fact that the values we had worked so hard to teach him were reinforced by great mentors during his training, such as discipline, organization, goal setting, and hard work to name a few. He learned to run his own business and earn a great summer income to boot!

Southwestern’s company mission statement is to “build the character of young people” and we saw this each of the 4 summers he has been involved in the company. It has been life changing as he has met friends from all over the USA, earned incentive trips to exotic locations, gained confidence in himself, and built skills that he will use in future endeavors. Thanks to Southwestern Advantage for the opportunity to learn and grow!

Comments

  1. Lisa, thanks so much for that contribution! My parents had a lot of questions too, and I think a lot of parents will appreciate this point of view. I hope that people will read this and realize that this doesn’t just help them pay for school, but that the Southwestern summer program helps kids grow, and learn amazing things.

  2. Lisa, we all really appreciate you taking the time to write up your story! Hopefully it will inspire a wave of additional parent stories to be submitted. I think the more parents get to know what other parents experienced as their students went through the Southwestern Internship, the easier it is for them as they are getting to know it better. Thanks again!

  3. Maurice Howell says:

    Lisa, you rock for giving Kyle responsibility to make his decision about the Southwestern Internship! I think it worked out well. I hope other parents will share their stories as well.

  4. Julie Lavender says:

    Lisa,

    Without parents like you our students and company wouldn’t be what it is today! Thanks for raising an incredible young man!

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